Area prep basketball players tabbed for 3A, all-state honors
The Roaring Fork and Basalt high school basketball teams didn’t come home with a state title at last weekend’s Class 3A boys and girls state basketball tournaments, but three players managed to turn some heads.
Seniors Dan Markoya, Tarn Udall and Lauren Redfern all earned Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State honors.
Markoya, who led the 26-1 Roaring Fork boys team to a third-place showing at state, finished seventh in 3A with just under 20 points a game.
Udall was the top rebounder in the girls 3A with more than 13 per game and posted more than 15 points a contest. The post player was also named the Rocky Mountain News/News4 Class 3A Ms. Basketball last week. Roaring Fork finished the season with a 22-4 record after being eliminated from the state tournament in the consolation semifinals by Basalt.
Basalt went on to win the consolation title, good for fifth-place at state and a 22-5 record. Lauren Redfern had a lot to do with the team’s success in her final prep season. The versatile post player finished the regular season fifth in the state scoring race with almost 18 points per game.
As would be expected, the two schools also fared well in the Class 3A Western Slope League award voting.
A pair of coaches in their first year in Class 3A’s WSL earned coach of the year honors. Roaring Fork coach Roger Walters won the WSL boys honor and Basalt girls first-year coach Terry Kappeli shared the league’s girls coach of the year honors with Cedaredge’s Amy Vinson.
Rogers, whose team advanced to the semifinals of state undefeated, had four of his players named to the all-league squad. Junior point guard Aaron Markham led the 3A in assists to earn the spot and was joined by fellow Rams starters Markoya, junior Nic Lough and senior Jake Boyle. Sophomore starter Christian Tena captured honorable mention accolades.
The Basalt boys team had a pair of players named to the all-league team in junior Cody Burkholder and sophomore Ben Pollock. Darren Duroux was an honorable mention for the Longhorns.
On the girls’ side Roaring Fork landed a trio of players on the all-league squad in Udall and guards Carly Velasquez (junior) and Ashley Jensen (sophomore). Sophomore Laura Wright and junior Megan Zeigel were named honorable mention.
Joining Redfern on the all-league roster was fellow Basalt senior Rochelle Moebius. Seniors Brittany Pollock and Amanda Schmitt, along with junior point guard Deanna Spracher were named to the honorable mention squad.
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